At Welsh & Welsh, we’re committed to helping make Nebraska’s legal community and our local communities as strong as they possibly can be. One essential part of these efforts is education. By helping educate other Nebraska lawyers about how to best represent their clients, we strengthen the presence of the legal profession as a whole while ensuring those in need of legal services get the best representation possible.
Christopher Welsh is speaking at the upcoming Nebraska State Bar Association’s (NSBA) 2017 Annual Meeting that runs from October 11th through 13th to share his knowledge regarding the appeal process and how it should be handled by trial lawyers. This year’s event theme is “Equality Before the Law” and the seminar’s topics range in theme from handling appeals to intellectual property law, agricultural law, family law, real estate law, pro bono, tech/business law, and more.
Nursing home abuse is a sad and all too common problem occurring daily in long term care facilities across the United States. Legal boundaries are blurred if not crossed completely, placing innocent senior citizens in physical and emotional jeopardy. It is imperative that all nursing home residents and resident representatives in Nebraska understand the state’s nursing home rights and hold facilities accountable when these rights are not respected.
Possession of a copy of the federal and state laws that govern nursing home resident care is the right of every nursing home resident. Facilities are required to post contact information for the local ombudsman program and state survey agency where this information may be obtained. Facility rules and regulations pertaining to resident conduct and responsibilities must be presented to all residents before or at the time of admission.
Federal and state laws offer extensive protections for nursing home residents in areas such as privacy, financial matters, personal treatment, and medical care. The federal Nursing Home Reform Law protects the rights of residents in homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds, which includes most nursing home facilities.
Surgical blankets are used during long surgeries to help regulate a patient’s body temperature. One of the most popular surgical blankets, used in 4 out of 5 hospitals today, is the 3M Bair Hugger warming blanket. Since 1987, the Bair Hugger has been used in over 200 million surgeries nationwide.
The Bair Hugger warming blanket works by sending heated air through a hose and into a blanket that is draped over a patient during long surgical procedures. These single use blankets are common in orthopedic joint replacement surgeries, like knee and hip replacements.
Artificial joints are especially susceptible to infection. Bacteria naturally found in the air enters the body and immediately begins to search for a place to settle and grow. Anything that is artificial inside the human body will be a bacteria’s first choice location, as it is not living material with antibodies ready to fight the bacteria off.
Fall is around the corner and that means it’s time for kids to head back to school. The first few months of a new school year can be chaotic for Nebraska families, especially if your children are headed to a new school. Amidst the chaos, accidents can occur if drivers or pedestrians are careless. All it takes is one mistake to place the lives of our youth at risk.
Did you know that between the years 2006 and 2015, 301 school-aged children died in school transportation-related crashes in the U.S.? Be prepared to remind your kids to prioritize safety when traveling to and from school. This is the best way to keep them safe and stop them from becoming another statistic.
On Monday evening in Omaha, NE, more than 800 friends, relatives, and fellow students attended a vigil at a Creighton University church to remember, pray, and comfort one another over the death of Joan R. Ocampo-Yambing, 19, a victim of a tragic car accident that occurred earlier that day.
The accident happened that morning on I-80, near the 84th Street underpass. The driver of a semitrailer truck failed to notice that traffic had slowed and proceeded to collide into a Prius. Afterwards, the semi collided with a Chrysler Sebring convertible and came to a rest on top of that vehicle. The Sebring collided one more time into a Freightliner semi. The two occupants of the Sebring were pinned underneath the truck that caused the initial impact but managed to be extracted and suffered minor to moderate injuries.
As of July 21st, it was reported that 20 motorcycle accident fatalities have occurred in Nebraska so far in 2017. Why is this an alarming number? This is the same amount of combined motorcycle crash fatalities that happened during the entire year of 2016. We still have almost half a year to go in 2017. Why have there been so many motorcycle deaths?
Finding a concrete answer to this question is difficult. In an attempt to answer it, the Lincoln Journal Star spoke to Fred Zwonechek, Nebraska Highway Safety Administrator. Zwonechek said that the amount of total licensed motorcycle riders in Nebraska spiked higher than ever in 2016, totaling over 100,00, but he didn’t feel that record was a factor. He did, however, state that the amount of motorcycle fatalities so far in 2017 has been unusual.
All of the attorneys and staff at Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO are dedicated to helping our local and nationwide communities navigate toward a brighter future. This year, we decided to start a scholarship that would help us do just that by assisting one college student with securing their college education. The first submission period for that scholarship, Fall 2017, just came to a close.
We were truly humbled by the amount of applications we received– 104 total– as well as the exceptional high quality of every essay. All of the essays were outstanding. Choosing just one winner was difficult!
We’re pleased to announce we’ve chosen a winner.
Congratulations to Nicole Quezada of Huron, California!
Nicole will be attending University of California, Davis as a Biomedical Engineering major this fall.
On Sunday, August 6th, a serious 3-vehicle crash occurred in Omaha on 99th Street and Blair High Road. The accident was reported at 2:11 PM and happened when a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac ran a red light at the intersection and collided with the passenger rear door of a 2008 Honda Civic. As a result of the force of the crash, the Civic then collided with the front end of a 2012 Jeep Liberty that was waiting at the intersection.
An 8-year old Omaha boy, Ayden Jones, suffered from a potentially life-threatening head injury and remained in critical condition as of Monday, August 7th. The boy was a passenger in the Honda Civic. Three others were injured in the accident, including a relative of Ayden’s who was taken to the hospital with Ayden, treated, and later released. Two others were treated for minor injuries at nearby hospitals.
The I-70 in Indiana sees its fair share of car and truck accidents, but some of the most devastating are undoubtedly accidents caused by commercial semi-trucks. The large size and slow stopping speeds of most semis make it difficult for truck drivers to stop in time or swerve to potentially avoid an accident. The I-70 also experiences a great deal of traffic. This combination can spell disaster.
On July 21st in Clay County, a major truck accident on Interstate 70 occurred which began at 5 PM. Multiple cars and semis were involved, and the initial accident—which set off a chain reaction of sorts—started when a semi-truck went off the road at the 25-mile marker. This caused traffic to slow significantly.
According to a recent article and interview conducted by USA Today, many Uber drivers are driving dangerously long shifts in order to make ends meet. Uber does not enforce any limits on how many hours per day or week their drivers can work since they’re independent contractors. In addition, the company often runs incentives that encourage drivers to work for long shifts on the weekends.
Multiple interviewed drivers and past drivers stated that it’s common for some drivers to work up to 16 hours a day due to low pay or tempting driving incentives. The hourly rates drivers receive depend largely on the area and hours they drive during, but it’s not uncommon for many drivers to receive $5-$8 an hour on average if they’re not in a major city.